It was nice to open up to The Lawrentian and see two separate letters to the editor attacking my articles. For time’s sake, I will address the letter that SLA wrote about me.In terms of getting to know people, I wish SLA had shown me the same kindness towards me before attempting any sort of character assassination. So let me tell you a little about myself. First of all, I am a practicing, self-respecting Jew. I attend synagogue twice a week, I give tzedakah, I read the Jewish Bible, I adhere to Jewish ethics. I would go on, but then I’d be describing my religion “ad Nazium.”
As for using “which” instead of “who,” I will admit that was an honest mistake, and I apologize for it. Those who actually take the time to know me instead of being all too eager to prematurely judge me would know that I am pro-life, and that I consider every human to have their worth because they are created in the image of G-d.
Also, I do not want Kathy Kelly to be beheaded as SLA implies, because that goes against my principles. A side note: if you think Radical Muslims beheading people for being infidels is a fairytale, go ask the family of Daniel Pearl, and they will most assuredly tell you that it is not. So again, I thank SLA for showing me “tolerance,” something that is always claimed to be a cornerstone of leftist thought.
As for the SLA’s argument for why war is actually the answer, I wish they had addressed the main point of my argument instead of playing semantics games. There is an enemy out there. It is called Radical Islam. This religiously motivated ideology seeks to destroy the lives of those who disagree with their interpretation of the Koran. The fact that SLA dodges the issue of Radical Islam, instead of actually discussing it, indicates either that they are intellectually incapable of discussion or they are in severe denial of what is going on in this world.
For those who believe in freedom, patriotism and free-market ideas, I urge you to attend Viking Conservatives meetings at 8 p.m. every Monday in the Coffeehouse. We have plenty of exciting events planned for third term, and we would be happy to see you participate.
Steven G. Swedberg,
President of Viking Conservatives